Little Jimmy Dickens is Victim of Identity Theft; Julie Roberts Releases New EP; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 15th, 2012

  • The change to Billboard’s Hot Country music chart, in which digital sales, web-streamed play and non-country-radio spins will influence chart performance has caused quite the internet flutter. Some takes on the change:

Matt Bjorke at Roughstock

The Triggerman at Saving Country Music

Edward Morris at CMT

Kevin John Coyne at Country Universe 

And now there’s a petition to reverse the decision.

  • Former American Idol contestant and Broken Bow artist Kristy Lee Cook has released a new track, “Airborne Ranger Infantry,” that you can listen to here.
  • Sweethearts of the Rodeo are releasing Restless on 10/23, their first album since 1996.
  • Although the museum is not finished yet, the Johnny Cash Museum gift shop is open.
  • In late 2013, letterpress shop Hatch Show Print will move from its current location into a custom-designed space at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Two large publishing houses in Nashville won a court decision that states the unauthorized printing of lyrics is similar to posting unlicensed music: “The NMPA and plaintiffs Warner/Chappell Music, Peermusic and BMG (Bug Music Inc.) were granted $6.6 million for copyright infringement from various websites under the umbrella of LiveUniverse and its owner, MySpace founder Brad Greenspan, on Oct. 9. The U.S. District Court of California awarded awarded damages of $12,500 per infringement for 528 copyrights, including “China Girl,” “Moondance,” “Georgia On My Mind” and “(Don’t Go Chasing) Waterfalls.” The first-of-its kind case established liability for posting unlicensed song lyrics websites, which potentially generate millions in advertising revenue.” 
  • Julie Roberts released an EP last week called Covered in which she recorded John Prine, Otis Redding and Patsy Cline tracks. The Cline track is especially nice.
  • Emerson Drive has a new album coming out at the end of October.
  • Taylor Swift’s new relationship is with Papa John.
  • B.B. Cunningham, Jr., a musician in Jerry Lee Lewis’ band, was killed in a shootout in Memphis Sunday morning.
  • C.M. Wilcox thinks the new Ronnie Fauss album is worthy of some praise“There’s a sadness undergirding Dallas songslinger Ronnie Fauss’ first full-length album, but it’s not expressed in ways that are dour or maudlin. No, it’s more a sense of lived hardship sharpening perception, a sensitivity to the struggles and frustrations of everyday existence. An empathy for his fellow travelers, maybe.” 
  • Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back at it again, cutting some funny and cute commercials for their upcoming CMA Awards hosting gig.
  • Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” went gold.
  • Sales for The Cowboy Rides Away, George Strait’s last tour, got off to a very good start late last week.
  • Tim McGraw will have a guest spot on R&B singer Ne-Yo’s upcoming album.
  • Sarah Darling will be performing on a January episode of The Bachelor.
  • Byron Gallimore’s Streamsound Records label signed Austin Webb.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard filmed a cool performance over at Music Fog.
  • Danielle Peck will premiere her new single “Impossible Dreams” on Marie Osmond’s daytime television show Marie tomorrow. (via press release)
  • Bluegrass radio lost a big supporter last week with the passing of Sandy Knipp. He was the host of “Bluegrass Diversion” on Morehead State Public Radio for over 20 years.
  • Sammy Kershaw will release A Sammy Klaus Christmas on 10/22: “The ten-track album is chock full of Kershaw’s signature style and unmistakable vocals and includes classic sing-along holiday standards like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” as well as traditionals like “Silent Night,” “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” and the bluesy “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”” (via press release)
  • New music videos from the last week or two:

Kix Brooks – “Bring It on Home”

Collin Raye – “Never Gonna Stand for This”

Clay Walker – “Jesse James”

Dwight Yoakam – “A Heart Like Mine”

Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

JD McPherson – “Fire Bug”

Morgan Evans – “While We’re Young”

Catherine Britt – “Charlestown Road”

Hey Romeo – “Maybe You Remember Me Now”

The Davitt Country Band – “Marlena”

Bobby Andre – “Ain’t Nobody Callin’”

Aaron Lewis – “Forever (live version)”

Big & Rich – “Party Like Cowboyz (galactic version)”

Easton Corbin – “Are You with Me?” 

  1. Adam Sheets
    October 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I don’t know why, but for some reason that Sammy Kershaw Christmas album sounds interesting.

  2. Jon
    October 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    “Quite the internet flutter,” heh.

  3. Rick
    October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    As usual them foreigners are putting out some more interesting music than the domestic stuff when it comes to music videos. I really like the Davitt Country Band song a lot and hope I can track down a legal download (not easy on foreign based bands) and Catherine Britt’s new song has her sounding like the old days vocally (thank goodness!). It seems Morgan Evans has realized that commercial country is the way to earn a living down under and that new song is far more accessible than his early stuff. Good on ya mate!

    So Danielle Peck is still kicking musically speaking eh? I’ll have to check it out.

    That’s cool that the Time Jumpers were able to enlist Chyler Leigh in the music video. Someone has good taste in women! (lol)

    So the Sweethearts of the Rodeo are going to give it another go eh? I’m really hoping to hear them on some Opry shows, or better yet Music City Roots! (Are you listening Jim Lauderdale? lol) They were the only band I ever saw perform in LA’s fabled Palomino honky tonk in North Hollywood back when “Midnight Girl in a Sunset Town” was on the radio in the 1980’s. You go girls!

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